Larsson praise for Brown

Black Cats hero delighted by defender's impact

Brown: Larsson believes experienced defender has brought leadership qualities

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Sunderland's goalscoring hero Sebastian Larsson has piled the praise on the club's summer signing Wes Brown.

The experienced defender called time on his lengthy Manchester United career to begin a fresh challenge with the Black Cats this summer.

Although Larsson made the headlines with his strike in their 1-1 weekend draw at Liverpool on Saturday, the Swede has hailed Brown's impact.

The 31-year-old has brought leadership qualities, according to Larsson, who has also been delighted with his partnership with Anton Ferdinand.

"Ever since Wes came here he's been a leader," said Larsson.

"He's a terrific player and obviously can only get better by playing regularly.

"He was fantastic. It was nice seeing him and Anton do well."